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2014 Talladega: Michael McDowell NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Apr 30, 2014 - 08:13 AM
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2014 Talladega: Michael McDowell NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview


Leavine Family Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series History at Talladega Superspeedway ...
Team owner Bob Leavine has one start at Talladega Superspeedway. It was a 2013 season highlight where the team started 36th and finished ninth. The finish was Leavine Family Racing's first Top-10 in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition; all they had to do was drive through the middle of two "Big One" multi-car crashes, wait through a 3-hour, 36-minute rain delay, lead a lap and drive through a green-white-checkered finish in darkness and light rain.

 

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LFR's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series History ...Since entering the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2011, the Concord, N.C.-based organization has logged 44 starts, which includes one top-10 finish, an average starting position of 33.4, and an average finishing position of 36.5.

Follow Leavine Family Racing on Social Media ...To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and view exclusive content, visit Leavine Family Racing's Twitter page - @LeavineFamily95 and Facebook page - Facebook.com/LeavineFamilyRacing. Also, follow Michael McDowell on his personal Twitter page - @Mc_Driver, and "Like" Michael McDowell on his official Facebook page at Facebook.com/MichaelMcdowell.

Catch the Action ...The Aaron's 499 will be broadcast live on FOX on Sunday, May 4, starting with the pre-race show at 12:30 p.m. ET. It will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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No. 95 Jordan Truck Sales (JTS) Ford Fusion

This Week's Leavine Family Racing Ford Fusion at Talladega Superspeedway ...Michael McDowell will pilot Chassis No. PRS-648 in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. McDowell last drove this LFR-prepared Ford Fusion to a 21st-place finish at Daytona International Speedway in the Budweiser Duel qualifying race on February 20.

McDowell in "The Heart of Dixie" ...Although this weekend marks McDowell's first Talladega Superspeedway appearance for Leavine Family Racing, the Glendale, Ariz., driver has made seven other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 2.66-mile track. He earned a career-best 15th-place finish at the track in October 2013. As well, in two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the track, he finished a 15th in April 2009 and 23rd in April 2010. McDowell also has two starts at the Lincoln, Ala., track in the ARCA Racing Series, including a fifth-place finish in 2006.

Keep on Truckin' ...The No. 95 Ford Fusion team will sport the red and black colors this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, with Jordan Truck Sales (JTS) adorning the hood. Jordan Truck Sales has two locations in Georgia with a large selection of quality used trucks and trailers. Black Dragon Tools, a full-season associate sponsor of the No. 95 Ford, will be featured on the Ford Fusion's quarter panels.

In Memory of ...This weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, McDowell will adorn a decal on the No. 95 Ford Fusion in memory of Robert McKeehan, and also to bring awareness for Energize Ministries and the Pray for Your Pastor Tour.

Race Fever ... McDowell will take part in a question-and-answer session at the 2014 Race Fever event held on Friday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. Central Time that will also include an autograph session. The 29th annual event will benefit the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind and will be held at the FOX Sports 1 Dome in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. For additional and ticket information, call 256.761.3571 or visit www.racefever.org.

Michael McDowell Quote:
"Anything can happen at Talladega Superspeedway. The new qualifying format will be interesting this weekend, potentially more so then any other track. Our first goal is to make the race, and then we have the same shot as anyone else to win the race on Sunday."

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